Wednesday 21 November 2012

Grebes & Guillemots

Dungeness - 0745hrs - Mild, cloudy, ssw 5 - Another blustery day with the wind swinging round to the west and reaching near gale force by early afternoon. An hour and a bit at the fishing boats delivered scores of Great Crested Grebes and Guillemots on the sea, plus 5 Red-throated Divers. As yesterday there were plenty of Gannets on the move offshore, but fewer Kittiwakes, 10 Common Scoters and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers. A grey seal was also noted. The 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was on patrol as usual, and must be a candidate for the most photographed of its kind ever.
  Didn't do much else this afternoon due to the weather, but noted one of the Great White Egrets hunkered down on New Diggings on the bird reserve as I crossed the causeway road.

                                          3rd winter Glaucous Gull, Dungeness

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